I attended the Joe Val Festival in Massachusetts last weekend and went away with these thoughts:
# Workshop by Adam Steffey showed that not only can he play but very nice guy. #He said the Gibson he now has is no different than one you would buy from Gibson other than cutoff fingerboard. #
# Workshop by Skip Gorman covered Bill Monroe tunes and he can play them as good as anyone. #Check out his new CD. #
# Many ToneGards in use by Steffey and jammers.
# Everett Lilly, age 80 #from The Lilly Bros and Flat & Scruggs made a guest appearance and still has it.
# King Wilkie band, a bunch of young guys in suits are certainly one of the best young bands around. #By the way, King Wilkie was the name of Bill Monroes stallion.
# Young jammer named Bryce (didn't get last name), age 11 from the Philadelphia area is the next Chris Thile and has jammed with Chris and Mike Marshall.
# Great Festival by the Boston Bluegrass Union.